|Essex County's NJTPA Board Member
County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo
is one of the subregions that are represented on the NJTPA Board of Trustees. The subregions consist of 13 counties and two cities. The Essex County representative to the NJTPA is County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, who is also Board Third Vice-Chairman.
This page provides an overview of Essex County's involvement in the NJTPA, including links to transportation planning studies and projects funded through the NJTPA. An overview of the transportation planning process at the NJTPA is available in the Citizen’s Guide.
Description: Essex County, with a population of
786,147, is home to Newark, the county seat, and is one of the industrial and financial centers of the state and the entire Northeast. The county possesses a wide range of transportation facilities, from Port Newark to Newark International Airport to extensive commuter rail service. The county is a hub for major national and international transportation, providing freight service by trucks and rail. There is local and national passenger rail service and easy access to the NJ Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.
More information describing the county, its demographics and travel characteristics is available at the Essex County Profile.
Essex County Municipalities
Essex County's Website:
County Planning Agency: Transportation planning for Essex County is the responsibility of the Department of Public Works. The County's staff representative to the NJTPA Regional Transportation Advisory Committee is David Antonio, 973-226-8500 ext. 258.
Current Transportation Projects in Essex County: Transportation projects funded in Essex County are listed in the NJTPA Transportation Improvement Program or TIP (links below). The TIP is a four-year agenda of improvement projects drawn from the NJTPA long-range Regional Transportation Plan. Projects in the TIP--including public transit, road, bridge, bicycle, pedestrian and freight-related projects--have completed planning and are ready for final design, land acquisition, and construction. The following are links to TIP projects:
TIP Webpage – This link takes you to a table on the TIP webpage containing PDF files of project lists.
You may have to scroll to the link to Essex County’s project list. Select the date in Column 1 for the current TIP. Note: the files on this page change throughout the year. They include the adopted TIP (approved annually each July), revisions made to the adopted TIP and (when available) the draft TIP pending approval for the upcoming year. The TIP introduction provides a more detailed explanation.
NOTIS – The NJTPA Online Transportation Information System - allows interactive searching for projects in particular locations or on particular routes, using maps and database queries. NOTIS includes projects in the currently adopted TIP as well as projects still at the planning stage (see “Projects Planned” below).
Projects Planned for Essex County: The NJTPA Project Development Work Program (PDWP) evaluates the need for projects and develops alternative conceptual designs and routes. The PDWP contains a variety of work, from technical studies focusing on highly specific, localized issues to major corridor studies that cover large stretches of our regional transportation system. Projects are scored and ranked during development of the PDWP. When projects have passed through the PDWP, they are generally eligible for funding through the TIP. The following link should take you to Essex County’s section in a PDF file. On some browsers, you may have to manually scroll to the county’s section on Page 4.
Local Safety Program: NJTPA's Local Safety Program provides funds for quick-fix, high impact safety improvements on county and local roads. The program focuses on vehicular and pedestrian improvements of critical need that can be completed within a short period of time. Priority is given to projects that address locations identified as NJTPA safety priorities, NJDOT priorities, or are well supported by crash data. (Interactive map)
The following projects have been completed:
South Orange Avenue (CR 510) from Speedway to Dover Avenue in East Orange and Newark (FY 2005): Ten intersections including new LED traffic signals, pedestrian signals, ADA ramps, striping, signage, repaving ($2,421,845)
Springfield Avenue at Civic Square , Lyons Avenue and Sanford Avenue in Irvington (FY 2007):
Three intersections including traffic signal upgrades, pedestrian signals, pavement markings including crosswalks, ADA ramps ($533,480)
- Eagle Rock Avenue (CR 611) at the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland (FY 2008): Countdown pedestrian signals, crosswalks, signage, left turn bay ($227,057)
- Park Avenue (CR 658) Corridor from High Street (CR 638) to 19th Street in East Orange (FY 2009): Twelve Intersection improvements including traffic signal upgrades, high visibility crosswalks, countdown pedestrian signals, school crossing signs, median islands ($694,745)
- Centre Street (CR 648) and Franklin Avenue (CR 645) in Nutley(FY 2009): Intersection Improvements including new pedestrian signals and timing adjustments for pedestrian intervals ($164,069)
- Bloomfield Avenue (CR 506) at Roseland Avenue (CR 527)/Westville Avenue in Caldwell (FY 2010): Intersection Improvements including new traffic signal, modified lane striping, countdown pedestrian signals, left turn lane ($389,265)
- Eagle Rock Avenue (CR 611) and Prospect Avenue (CR 577) in West Orange (FY 2010): Intersection Improvements including double left-turn lanes, new traffic signals and countdown pedestrian signals, signal retiming, striping ($407,500)
Springfield Avenue (CR 603) at 40th Street/Florence Avenue in Irvington (FY 2011): Intersection improvement including new traffic signal system, new pedestrian countdown indications, paving, lane designations, crosswalks, pedestrian and school signage ($450,000)
The following projects are in planning, awaiting federal authorization or under construction:
- Park Avenue (CR 658) and North/South Oraton Parkway and Park Avenue and Park Street Intersections in the Town of East Orange & City of Orange (FY 2012): Improvements to two (2) intersections including new traffic signals, pedestrian countdown signals, signage, crosswalk striping ($676,748)
- Springfield Avenue (CR 603) and Ellis Avenue Intersection in theTownship of Irvington (FY 2012): Single intersection improvement including modified lane designations, signage, crosswalk striping, new traffic signal, pedestrian countdown signals ($480,193)
- Park Avenue (CR 658) & 4th Street in the City of Newark (FY 2013): Single Intersection: high visibility crosswalks, pedestrian countdown signals, dedicated turn lanes, traffic signal upgrades, driveway consolidation, no turn on red and other signage ($470,000)
Current Studies: Essex County receives funding from the NJTPA for studies of transportation issues under the NJTPA Subregional Studies Program. The following study is currently being funded, and the link below should take you to a detailed description in Volume III of the UPWP. On some browsers you may have to scroll to Page 53.
Regionwide Studies: The NJTPA sponsors studies of regionwide transportation issues, some of which may impact Essex County. These studies can be found in Vol. I of the FY 2013 UPWP, Pages 63-71. On some browsers you may have to scroll to the appropriate page:
The NJTPA regional databank is a digital repository for all transportation and related data, stored and maintained on the NJTPA’s computer network. The regional databank assists staff, agency partners and subregions in planning initiatives by providing accurate, accessible transportation and related datasets necessary for informed analysis, decision-making and reporting.
Datasets are made available to partner agencies, subregions and the general public via posting on the Internet. This section contains subregion-specific data that is maintained in a geographic information system (GIS). Included are ArcGIS shapefile layers for land use/land cover (LULC), parks (two different shapefiles), and water bodies (lakes and streams). Additional data needs can be met by going to Data & Maps section of the NJTPA website or fulfillment of individual data requests.
- Land Use
- Water bodies
- Freight Industry Profile
The NJTPA has developed a set of alternative
freight forecasts to support transportation, land
use, and economic development decisions. The
first step in the study process was to document
current baseline conditions. This Freight Profile
offers a snapshot of key metrics – Economy and
Land Uses, Freight Flows, and Freight
Transportation Networks in 2010 and in the
forecast year, 2040